Birra Moretti La Rossa | Birra Moretti (Heineken)

986 Ratings
Birra Moretti La RossaBirra Moretti La Rossa

Brewed by:
Birra Moretti (Heineken)

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Moretti La Rossa Birra Doppio Malto

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2001

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Photo of martun
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown bottle at fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass.

pours out a fairly clear brownish red, more ruby red. a nice creamy off white head, good retention and some nice lace.

dark breads and lots of fruity esters. bits of dark fruit and alcohol.

fruity malts, fruity flavors of all kinds, dark fruits, dark bready malts, and some fruity esters as well. alcohol is a bit noticable, almost a bit menthol like in the finish.

medium to almost full bodied.

definatly not my favorite style, but not a bad doppelbock. better than most american takes on the style, but still nothing i would really come back to.

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Photo of railman
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jhabrew
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Warfarin
5/5  rDev +35.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of karait95
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: good looking an intense brown color with some reddish hues, not a very big head and dissipates a little fast, medium to light body and carbonation is a little poor,

S: the smell is not the main and best characteristic of this beer, it is good but the alcohol character is the most present thing very faint toasted malts or sugar or caramel are present.

T: the flavor is nice full of toasted malts not forgetting the alcohol character of a bock.

M: lager character nice ending with medium ending nothing to impressive but good enough.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- copper pour with an off white head that dissapates to a really thin film of active carbonation, no lace.

S- cereal grain and tons of malt, toffee, raisins.

T- the malt just domantes everything. it is molasses and raisin, sugary and syurpy sweet, just too much malt with no balance. a little bit of alcohol burn.

O- A malty mess here, not terrible but I would love some sort of balance.

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Photo of zdk9
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours brown with a good amount of head.

S- Some banana and nuts.

T- Lots of complexity in the taste. There's banana, but also toffee, raw nuts, and some smoke. More flavors of malt syrup as the beer warms and the complexity starts to wear thin.

M- Syrupy and lingering.

O- A nice tasting beer.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Pours a caramel amber hue with a beige head that almost has a pink tint to it. Looks nice and not quite what I expected.

S: Hints of caramel and dark plums dance on the nose along with some darker sweet caramel maltiness. Pleasant and, again, not quite what I expected.

T/M: It is quite bubbly with a medium to high amount of carbonation and an inherent noble hop bitterness up front. A faint smokiness lingers throughout and more of the plum and caramel malt round out the profile. It leaves a clean finish and is very well balanced.

There's more flavor here than a typical Moretti lager, not that it shouldn't have but like I said, It's just not what I expected. A surprisingly good beer from a big time brewery. And better than a Chianti.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark amber to browm color with a light tan creamy head with good lacing

S-malty and yeast aromas with hint of sweetness

T-malt and caramel with a very light hop flavor coming through

F-medium body with moderate carbonation and a slight oily feel

O-a decent doppelbock that is very drinkable

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Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep and clear reddish-amber in color, crowned by a large, dense, and persistent tan head. The lacing is thin and scattered, the carbonation sparse and slow-rising.

Aroma; Earthy notes pair off against brown sugar, molasses, and butter.

Taste: Opens with earthy and chocolate notes, soon followed by caramel, dark fruits and cold coffee.The taste rises to a moderate earthy note near the finish. A pleasing bitter cocoa note lingers on well past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, very soft.

Drinkability/notes: I was surprised to find an Italian-brewed Dopplebock, somehow its not a style that I associate with the warmer climes of Italy. That being said, this is a very nice example that requires no apologies. Recommended.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce custom brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

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Photo of Damian
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz/330ml bottle
Served in a pilsener glass
Thanks to my friend Matt for bringing a six pack of this to our party.

Absolutely crystal clear and deep, crimson-amber in appearance. The liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, three-finger head. Nice retention. A steady stream of bubbles ascended to the top of the liquid.

The thick, dense head lent a super powdery and dry yeastiness to the nose. As the head receded, a touch of sweet caramel malts and ripe fruits came forth. Notes of apples and pear were detectible. The malt and fruit aspects became more apparent as the beer continued to warm.

Lots of rich, toasty malts came through in the flavor profile. Slight caramel notes. Fruity and semi-sweet in the center. Spicy. Full and robust. The finish was crisp, smooth and dry with a touch of bittering hops and hint of alcohol warmth. At 7.2% ABV, the alcohol really sneaked up on me. Overall, very nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style with a rich, frothy, creaminess. Super smooth and supple on the palate.

I never anticipated that I would be impressed by an Italian doppelbock produced by a Dutch brewing conglomerate, but apparently I was wrong. This beer definitely holds its own, even with some of the better German versions of the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coded, but not intelligibly dated, 330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A more gentle than vigorous pour produced so much head that it almost went over the top of the pint glass: perfect. The beer itself is a nice reddish amber; clear. The creamy pale tan head has moderate retention and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Floral and spicy with medium malt and hints of caramel and more than a hint of alcohol.

Flavor: La Rossa has a solid, moderately strong toasted malt backbone but also provides flavors of caramelized sugar and a light nutmeg-like spiciness. There are also hints of sweet dark fruits. A bit of coffee comes through in the mildly bitter and slightly sour finish and aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - La Rossa is quite smooth, with medium+ body and good carbonation.

O - La Rossa is an odd doppelbock in appearance, flavor and aroma. I doubt Moretti sees this as a dobbelbock. Hence, I have rated it without regard to category.
Certainly one of the best Italian macro brews.

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Photo of Kuromaru
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Pours a deep mahogany/ cola color with some orange highlights, presenting a modest, creamy head. Not much lacing present.

Smell--Very sweet with a heavy toasted malt presence. I got notes of honey and coffee. There is a lightly bready air as well.

Mouthfeel--Creamy, with very little carbonation. The finish is surprisingly bitter and dry. The presence of alcohol in the finish increases as the beer warms.

Taste--Sweet, toasted malts dominate, with light yeastiness and alcohol. There is a distinct hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall--A very balanced, drinkable and delicately complex bock beer. Very nice and pleasantly surprising. It's maybe just a tad too sweet, but I love the look, balance and strength of this beer.

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Photo of azdback
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. Dark, dark orange or maybe even red in color. Quite a few carbonation bubbles that lead to a very large and soapy looking head. Just a bit off of bright white. Lace doesn't stick to the glass really at all.

Smell is very musty or bread. Not a flavor I enjoy in a beer! Maybe some fruity notes. All the aromas scream European brewed.

Taste isn't that bad. The mustyness isn't there like it was in the nose. Kind of a sweet orangey taste. Not in a hoppy way but in a juicy fruit way. There is just a bit of alcohol way down on the tongue. And some mild European yeast flavors.

Mouth is pretty smooth and drinkable. It is a bit watery, and thin, but I think it's okay for the style.

Overall I didn't think this was that bad. I was given this as a sample and only tried it because it was free. Not my style (AT ALL!!!) but a decent refreshing brew. If you are in to the European yeast danky beers, you will probably love this.

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Photo of engagechad
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Brio Tuscan Grille at Stony Point shopping center in Richmond, VA - Chilled pint glass.. ..

Pours a mild brown color with absolutely no head whatsoever. Probably a result of the chilled glass messing with retention. Smells a little adjuncty, but there is some malty sweetness. Tastes kind of corny but the big malt bomb is cool.

Overall this beer wasn't that good. And If i'm going to have a doppel it's going to be Troegenator.

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Birra Moretti La Rossa from Birra Moretti (Heineken)
3.68 out of 5 based on 986 ratings.
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